Top 10 Fun Green CarsJuly 12, 2015
Can green cars also be fun? We say yes, and here are ten cars that attempt to prove that it’s possible to combine efficiency and driving enjoyment.
1. BMW i8
The BMW i8 is the world’s first plug-in hybrid supercar with a three-cylinder petrol engine, and it combines a top speed of 155mph with an official economy figure of 135mpg and emissions of 49g/km CO2.
2. Mazda MX-5
The Mazda MX-5 is lightweight and efficient; the 2-litre model is excellent, but the 1.5-litre is slightly lighter again, and so even better on twisty Welsh B-roads…
The Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ are two of the most fun cars that money can buy, and they’re also a lot more efficient than a V8 supercar…
4. CATERHAM 160
Can a Caterham 160 with a design that’s almost 60 years old, skinny tyres and a three-cylinder, 660cc, 80bhp engine really offer a fun and economical driving experience? You may be surprised at the answer…
5. Lotus Elise
Lightweight, mid-engined, direct driving experience, and, yes, efficient – that’s the Lotus Elise…
The Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid has an official combined economy figure of 91.1mpg, yet it also has a top speed of 167mph. You certainly won’t see both at the same time, and you’ll probably never see 91.1mpg, but you can benefit from low company car tax and a great driving experience…
Beating Spirit exists to look for cars that are great to drive and also efficient – this combination doesn’t happen very often, but the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid hits the mark.
The Tesla Model S is probably the biggest revolution in motoring in the last 100 years, as Tesla has appeared from nowhere and produced an amazing all-electric sports saloon with a range of 300 miles, 0-60mph acceleration in 3.1 seconds – and it can even seat up to 7 people.
9. BMW I3
The BMW i3 is a rear-wheel drive pure electric or range-extended family hatchback, complete with BMW driving genes.
The latest incarnation of the MINI delivers fun, character and refinement – along with performance and economy in the case of the 2-litre SD 5-door Hatch.